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Fluorescent lights and old neon tube disposal options

Posted on Wed, 15 Jun 2011 at 21:43



What should I do with my old mercury neon tubes or Fluorescent lights that no longer work? I've thought of purchasing a Bulb Eater ($3500 plus filters and drums, etc.) or just storing the bulbs and then paying a local company to pick them up but they charge $0.13/ft. Does anyone have any other ideas? On average we dispose of approx. 50-100 straight bulbs per month (T8 or T12).

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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15919691183 says: I don't know how to do with the bad neon tubes in Canada or USA, but in China, people usually throw away the Fluorescent lights that no longer work. Maybe you can try some new bulbs, LED bulb, it is environmental ...

I don't know how to do with the bad neon tubes in Canada or USA, but in China, people usually throw away the Fluorescent lights that no longer work. Maybe you can try some new bulbs, LED bulb, it is environmental and energy-saving and the price is cheap. Around 9.30USD-20.0USD, many price ranges, it is just my suggestion.

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posted on: Thu, 06/16/2011 - 11:52pm
Westcoast Sign Guy says: Just curious, how can it be environmentally safe when you use coal plants to produce LED bulbs, and run them? Is it better to have the mercury in a glass tube, or put into our atmosphere in the form ...

Just curious, how can it be environmentally safe when you use coal plants to produce LED bulbs, and run them? Is it better to have the mercury in a glass tube, or put into our atmosphere in the form of vapor?

I suggest quit fear marketing and sell it on it's merit.

posted on: Fri, 06/17/2011 - 1:47am
SVP Neon Equipment says: Beyond the fact that the "carbon footprint" to manufacture LED's is greater than it is to manufacture neon, why is it that no one ever mentions the toxic substances contained in LED's compared to neon ...

Beyond the fact that the "carbon footprint" to manufacture LED's is greater than it is to manufacture neon, why is it that no one ever mentions the toxic substances contained in LED's compared to neon and what happens when you throw old LED's in the land fills? Any type of fluorescent lamps (including neon) are nearly 100% recyclable - including the dreaded "killer mercury". LED's are far from it. If you want to talk about "going green", why not talk about the long term environmental impact of LED's vs. neon/fluorescent?

Sorry for being off the topic started by the original poster, but this is something that really irritates me.

posted on: Fri, 06/17/2011 - 7:42am
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